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SUMMER BREAK SUPER 8MM FILMMAKING KIDS CAMP

The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO):   Is your child between the age of 10 and 14? Do they enjoy watching movies, telling stories or performing for others? Does your child show an interest in filmmaking? Learn from local filmmakers the process of making a Super 8mm short film. This week-long Camp gives kids […]

Film, Television and Animation Career Fair

(La version française suit) The Ottawa Film Office is pleased to invite you to the 2019 Film, Television and Animation Career Fair! Join us at the Horticulture Building on May 4th and meet with local companies and industry professionals working in the screen-based media sector. Attendees will also have the opportunity to chat with local […]

CFI Found in Translation: Looking Backward and Moving Forward

The effects of Canada’s legacy of colonization are still felt today. This is particularly true in Winnipeg, located on Treaty 1 territory, the ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji- Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and the homeland of the Métis Nation.The films in this program, all of which were made by Indigenous filmmakers, look […]

Film Review: Small town blues & awakening in Summer

Dutch director Colette Bothof and acclaimed screenwriter Marjolein Bierens have created an incredible coming-of-age story of outgrowing small-town life, awakening to one’s sexuality and finding love. The cinematographer, Goert Giltay, does an incredible job with the images, the colours, and in creating a domineering visual presence of the power plant, which is a central motif […]

Sex, power & politics in Inside Out opening feature: The Girl King

Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki’s The Girl King gives a modern rendering of Queen Kristina’s unorthodox sexual appetites and socio-political vision for Sweden in the middle of the 17th century. The natural body and the body politic collide as the young Queen goes counter-current and attempts to bring educational reforms while trying to end the Thirty […]

Q&A with director Kenneth Elvebakk of Ballet Boys

Among the films on show at this year’s Ottawa International Film Festival Kenneth Elvebakk’s Ballet Boys is one that immediately catches the eye. The film which follows three boys who work towards making their dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer a reality has already racked up a long list of awards and nominations around […]

Campanale’s gritty Jackie Boy gets Canadian premiere

Some might say that an aspiring filmmaker would be better served skipping film school and taking a bar job instead. Ottawa’s own Cody Campanale, whose debut feature film Jackie Boy gets it’s Canadian premiere this weekend at the Ottawa International Film Festival, took an altogether different route to the director’s chair. “I was working as […]

OIFF prepares for jam-packed weekend

The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is preparing for what will be its sixth year. On October 17th and 18th, the festival, held at Cineplex Lansdowne, will showcase over 50 productions from 13 countries, as well as informative panels that will appeal to industry insiders and film buffs alike. With that much on display, there […]

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Five

Today we bring you the fifth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Roger D. Wilson. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada. Roger describes himself as an experimental film scientist.  His films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the […]

Irish Film Fest – A lucky charm amidst the Ottawa film scene

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. We know the Irish for their Celtic countryside roots, legged in Riverdance and legends of Loch Ness, knotted by generations of bred in the bone talented poets and storytellers. From March 27th – […]

The Excursionist at the Bright Nights Film Festival

The Canadian Film Institute brings international contemporary cinema to town in partnership with Winterlude and the Baltic and Nordic countries. This year marks the 5th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. Eight countries will be showcasing their best features from Friday, February 6 to Saturday, February 14 at Carleton University’s River Building. One movie per night will play […]